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Best Kids Toys & Gift Ideas 8, 9, 10 and 11 year olds

Updated on January 5, 2015

Which are the best toys for 8, 9, 10, 11 year olds

To be honest I thought this age group was the hardest to buy for, my daughter especially and my nephew who are months apart, neither were they young adults but not children any more. Of course I stil wanted to give them a good gift. Butwhat really are the BEST gift ideas for children aged 8, 9, 10, 11 year old girl or boys?

Luckily for us there are a great variety and choice of gifts out there and you can take your pick from a range of toys from those that get them moving to those that stimulate them mentally. These school age kids thrive on toys that help them develop their growing skills - fast paced games, video and computer games all fit the bill as do puzzles, sports and music.

I noticed with my daughter and my nephew that although they were growing up, they still loved the whole Christmas celebration. and still enjoyed many of the more traditional toys, and games for their age groups.

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Give th eGift of making Music

I am thankful every day for my aunty who bought me my first keyboard. I may not be Motzart however I loved making sounds an playing around with music.

Which toys are BEST for kids aged 8-11

School-age children are fascinating and they change so quickly. By the time they reach 8 or so they are becoming more adept at social interaction and are developing a surer sense of their own identity. Their knowledge is growing as they become more familiar with math and science. They have enquiring minds and love games that demonstrate cause and effect.

Their skills in memory is increasing and they are exploring the world of more complex creativity. Their levels of understanding and are more accepting of the opinions of others.

In general school aged children are acquiring more social and physical skills that can be honed with developmental and group games. Their skills in reading, writing and arithmetic is growing and books and games to help them develop should be encouraged. They are beginning to learn self reliance and self restraint. But they are also being influenced by their peers. Suddenly the toys, books and clothes have to be recognisable and fashionable brands.

They need activities that stretch them both physically and mentally. Get them moving with running, skipping, jumping and cycling. They enjoy active games and team sports that help them develop endurance, agility, concentration, coordination and movement. By now they will know about rules and what fair play entails.

They like toys that are creative and will be increasingly involved in electronic toys. You should be thinking of toys and games that give these kids the chance to problem solve and brings out their individual creative character. More complex model building and crafting ideas are good as are science kits.

This is also a great time for kids to start learning a musical instrument. Fast paced games and complicate mechanism that they need to figure out will also keep them occupied.

Kids around the ages of 8-11 will have plenty of interests although they may pick them up and drop them quickly. They will however come back to them.

Best Toys for Girls 8-11

Anything that feeds their creativity is well received, like the friendship bracket kit.

Spy toy - Spy Gear Spy Video TRAKR

Spy Gear Spy Video TRAKR
Spy Gear Spy Video TRAKR

Description from Amazon: "Add high-tech sophistication to your spying games with the Spy Video TRAKR. This remote-controlled robot lets you record video with as much secrecy as possible. It transmits video to the full-color screen on the remote control for viewing in real time. For more advanced spying, TRAKR can run specialized apps for even better functionality, and it can store video on a memory card (sold separately) for uploading to your computer. Recommended for spies ages eight and older, TRAKR offers hours of high-tech sleuthing fun."


Potatoes are not included, so be careful to watch out for your Christmas roast potatoes disappearing while the young scientist works on his project

- Be a scientist as they discover how to power the digital clock with potatoes

- A unique experimental kit that inspires young scientists

- A fun way to introduce the kids onto the notion of leaving a smaller carbon footprint

BEST Craft gifts for the age range 8-12

Kids no matter what age love crafts. You know when they get into the creative side of themselves, the possibilities to create arte endless. All of the Craft kits today encourage all sorts of creativity. Many of the old crafts like knitting and crochet are becoming very popular. Or why not reminice of your younger days with the origonal Spirograph

Toys and books for the budding scientist - suitable for kids aged 8 upwards

Whether a budding scientist or showing potential for inventing or being enviromentally aware these scientific kits never go wrong.

What do you get for the budding scientist Kid that has everything? One of these super cool FUN Scientific Gift Ideas which are also clever environment awareness Educational Toys. These Green toys are excellent gifts, FUN and learning about their environment too! They can make their own robot from a soda can, a solar powered car, or how about a digital clock from their fruit. Creating a Wind turbine from Plastic bottles, the ideas are endless. If you are Struggling to buy for the teenage boy or girl, These green eco interactive and educational toy ideas really are FUNEco friendly toys and gift ideas for boys and girls .

Reduce- Reuse-Recycle, these Eco gifts are perfect environmentally aware gift ideas for your little ecoist. Teaching them to help them help look after their planet.

4M 3-Dimensional Glow-In-The-Dark Solar System Mobile Making Kit
4M 3-Dimensional Glow-In-The-Dark Solar System Mobile Making Kit

Learning is fun with visual aids, Every kid loves the Solar System and learning more about our world


Let them expore Science and make it fun

t takes a can-do attitude to build a robot! let him or her create a unique robot with the help of green science.

Recycle a soda pop can and turn it into a walking, wobbling robot that can even transform into a monster robot. Kids just add a can and their imagination.

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